Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Synergy

In a story on the LITE center the following thought-provoking bit appeared.
Bryan Fuselier’s company took readings inside the Superdome to measure interference and cell phone signal strength, as part of a contract with a large cellular service company.

LITE took that data and placed it into a three-dimensional space, so that the clients could walk around inside the Superdome, identifying the cold spots and looking for solutions. The same thing could be done on a larger, citywide scale, Fuselier said.
Hmmmn. One of the big problems with municipal WiFi has turned out to be "tuning" the system. —For instance, coverage is dramatically effected by leaves...yes, leaves. So no system, at least in our part of the country, can be adequately tested in the winter. And one season's growth can really change reception--what worked last year may not work this year. It's complicated -- complex -- and a huge computational problem with a staggering number of independently changing parameters.

Perfect for a supercomputer/visualization complex. Wouldn't it be nice if LITE could shortcut some of the inevitable issues with getting a really functional WiFi network up and sustaining its effectiveness?

Something to think about.

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